The Chiefs have drafted a lot of youngsters to play on defense. Could they add even more youth to the defensive backfield. We provide options for each round.
The Kansas City Chiefs have invested a bunch of draft capital into the defensive backfield. After adding three cornerbacks and a safety in last year’s draft, they still might have some openings on the roster. If the Chiefs are going to look to defensive back as a position of need, they are in for a treat as this draft class is loaded with talent.
So, who are some names that could be on the Chiefs’ radar, and who might be available in this year’s class? We’ve got you covered with a player for each round.
Round 1: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
The Chiefs have been sniffing around some defensive backs before the draft with official visits and pro day observations. While Kelee Ringo is not one of them, it is safe to say that the entire NFL has had its eye on him all along. Ringo is a physical and lengthy corner with tremendous speed. He has been interviewed either at the combine or on a private workout for at least 17 teams. It seems certainly possible that he may be gone before the Chiefs pick at 31. If not, he would make a ton of sense in Kansas City.
Ringo plays with great closing speed and instincts. While some development is needed in his technique, he is a young player that could benefit from some consistent NFL-level coaching. Ringo would make for a great eventual replacement for L’Jarius Sneed.
Round 2: Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M
Admittedly, this is an unreasonable draft crush of mine. Antonio Johnson is not going to wow you with some big adjustment to the ball for an incredible interception. He will, however, play all over the field and fly downhill to lay the wood. Johnson is a talented tackler and rarely misses in the open field.
With the departure of Juan Thornhill, a second-round investment in Antonio Johnson would make some sense. While there are areas of concern and areas where he needs some improvement, one thing is for sure: Antonio Johnson is a natural football player. With some work in his technique, he could develop into a star, even if it is just as a box safety.